While many people may already consider George Strait their man of the year, every year, the Texas State Legislative Conference is officially naming the “Blue Clear Sky” singer the “2018 Texan of the Year.”
The Texas Legislative Conference is a nonpartisan organization of Texas business and political leaders who meet to focus on public policy issues. Due to George’s non-stop efforts during Hurricane Harvey, the 65-year-old humanitarian was a no-brainer for the award.
“No one has done more than George Strait to raise awareness and funds for the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts,” said Conference Chair and former Texas State Representative, Doug Miller. “He put his well-earned reputation on the line and asked not only his fellow Texans to step up, but all Americans. And they have.”
To date, Strait’s efforts on behalf of Hurricane Harvey victims have raised over $50 million. George will join past prominent honorees including, Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, T. Boone Pickes, Ray Benson, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, David Robinson and more.
And to add to that— throughout his career—George has 60 No. 1 singles under his belt—more than any other artist in any genre. The Texas native is the only act to have a Top 10 hit every year for over three decades. Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and has sold over 70 million albums, so far.
George will receive his award Thursday evening, March 22 at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center.